CLEVELAND -- Punter Britton Colquitt has been on quite the rollercoaster ride over the past month, and he is hoping that peak from last season with the Denver Broncos helps propel him back up the hill with the Cleveland Browns.
Released by the Broncos seven months after being a part of the Super Bowl 50 championship, Colquitt recognized the opportunity he had to join the Browns and embraced it with open arms, something he felt was reciprocal from the organization.
“It was tough for me just leaving somewhere that I was at for so long, but it has been a warm welcome,” Colquitt said. “It helps that it is warm. That is nice. Beautiful here so far. With Mr. (Jimmy) Haslam being the owner, there is kind of like a Tennessee connection there. I have met him a couple times before. Great organization. The players have been awesome, the upstairs, and then, all the coaches are super welcoming. They really take care of their own here.
“Obviously, the fan base is second to none from everything I have heard and just loyalty and things like that. I’m really looking forward to being part of such a historic organization. It made the move easy.”
The Broncos’ top punter for his last six NFL seasons, Colquitt brought with him to Cleveland a career average of 45.2 yards per kick and a net of 39.2. Last season, Colquitt launched 84 punts totaling 3,663 yards with a net of 3,336 yards.
Colquitt averaged 43.6 yards per punt, and 22 of those kicks landed inside the 20-yard line.
In two games with the Browns, Colquitt has launched 10 punts a total of 477 yards with two inside the 20-yard line.
And despite the youth on the Browns’ roster, Colquitt believes the organization is following the cues of head coach Hue Jackson.
“The mentality on this team right now is about winning,” Colquitt said. “Coach Jackson, all he talks about is winning, and it is very positive and it’s not this negative anything. It has really been great. It feels like you are part of a winning team already.”